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Caramel Apples

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Exclusive recipe from our Gluten-Free Gourmet Desserts Cookbook collection (pages 216-217)

Gluten-Free Caramel Apples: Caramel apples are a classic treat that is certain to win favor among children as well as adults.

Caramel Apples — a delightful snack I associate with the town street-fair of my youth or perhaps the Halloween season.  Why not make them any time of the year?

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Gluten-Free Caramel Apples
4 Medium Apples
12 Ounces Caramel
2 Tablespoons Milk
2 Ounces Chopped Peanuts (optional)
4 Wooden Popsicle Sticks
Four medium caramel apples.
Baker’s Tip

Caramel apples should ideally be made when you plan to consume them shortly after. They are a bit difficult to store due to stickiness and size.

Choose an apple variety that fits your tastes — perhaps a tart and juicy variety or a crisp and sweet apple.

Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts, Chocolate Chips, etc — I have seen all of these used to further enhance the caramel apple. Get creative.

  1. Wash apples. Dry. Remove stems.
  2. Insert wooden sticks into end of apple where stem was removed, pushing about ¾ way through the apple.
  3. Select a tray large enough to hold all four apples, and cover with wax paper.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl as deep as the tallest apple, and a couple inches larger in diameter than the largest apple, place caramel and milk.
  5. Microwave the caramel for a total of between two and three minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Melt until caramel becomes a thin sauce.
  6. Dip apples one at a time in caramel sauce and spin to fully coat. A spoon can be used to apply caramel to apples when your caramel supply is running low (if caramel starts to thicken again, simply microwave briefly, stir, and continue dipping apples.)
  7. Hold apple above bowl and let excess caramel drip off before moving apple to wax-paper. (optional) Roll apple in chopped peanuts.
  8. Allow caramel coating to cool completely and set on the apples. Refrigerate to speed the process.

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